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Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.


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January 13, 2015
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The Bay Area based music collective, Seaweed Sway will be putting on their first event of the year at Amnesia Music Hall in the Mission District in San Francisco. This event will be a benefit show for sound engineer and avid music community supporter, Kyle Lesley who was recently diagnosed with stage four metastatic melanoma.

Lesley is known for his volunteer work for causes like Occupy Wall Street SF and the Clarion Alley Mural Project. He inspires everyone who comes into contact with him to connect with and support the local music and arts community.

Mariee Sioux, Future Twin, T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes and Michael Musika will perform at the benefit show on January 30th. It's great to see bands come together to help their friend while he suffers through a difficult time. Give back to Kyle Lesley because he is a person who has given so much to others. 

To contribute to the fundraiser for his treatment, click here.

January 28, 2015
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The San Francisco based avant-noise post punk band, Buzzmutt has released a new music video for their single, Stumble Forward. The song is a track off their entrancing 2014 release, Strange Planes of Surveillance.

The Stumble Forward music video is a crisp pastiche of images starring an oddly charming robot. The video looks great and shares a number of clips from Buzzmutt's local live performances. Watch the video and see if you can make out where the band is playing. If you go to enough shows, you can recognize any stage! We like robots, dioramas, cardboard cities and rock and roll! Stumble Forward has it all!

January 27, 2015
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Oakland based indie-folk artist, Empty Moon recorded a live Daytrotter session featuring a number of songs from his album, The Shark. You can check out the live session here. If you're looking for some Empty Moon sounds to envelop your ear drums a bit closer to home and far away from the internet, you can attend their upcoming show at Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco on January 29th!

January 26, 2015
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On January 22nd, The Independent will be hosting a psychedelic music showcase featuring Brian Jonestown Massacre's charismatic percussion extraordinaire, Joel Gion and his band The Primary Colours, San Francisco's premiere psych revivalist band, The Love Dimension, psych pop/post punk band, Cellar Doors and psych soul band, Down Dirty Shake. You don't see too many full local line ups play The Independent, so do your best to attend to ensure these bands have a successful show. The more we help local bands fill larger venues, the more the venues will be inclined to give Bay Area bands a chance to shine.

Not only is the line up local, but the bands are seasoned and absolutely stellar. We love a big shows just as much as we love bands straight out of the garage. Make your way out to the Independent and have a blast!

January 22, 2015
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The San Francisco based downtempo folk rock band, Hidden in the Sun has released their new album, Seven Seasons today. To promote their upcoming album, they've shared the somberly crisp blues ballad, San Francisco Blues. You can hear the song below and if you find it as moving as we do, you can see Hidden in the Sun perform at their album release show at Viracocha in the Mission District of San Francisco on January 31st. We're glad they've come on our radar. Support new music and emerging bands!

January 20, 2015
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